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"My husband brings his work home. Had he been a butcher, it might have been a prime cut of steak; a mason, a block of limestone. The newspaper reporter brings home fingers covered in ink, and the fishmonger, the smell of the sea. But my husband is an oncologist, so he brings home the dead and dying."

The Doctor's Wife by Sayantani DasGupta
Hastings Center Report, Project Muse (2207)
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The Kingdom of the Sick: Narrative Medicine Helps Caregivers and Patients Find Meaning in Illness by Sayantani DasGupta, Sarah Lawrence College Magazine

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Stories of Illness and Healing "Stories of Illness and Healing" is the first collection to place the voices of women experiencing illness alongside analytical writing from prominent scholars in the field of narrative medicine. The collection includes a variety of women's illness narratives - poetry, essays, short fiction, short drama, analyses, and transcribed oral testimonies - as well as traditional analytic essays about themes and issues raised by the narratives.

Awards
Silver Medalist, Womens Issues Category, Independent Press Awards
Finalist, Womens Issues Category, ForeWORD Magazine Awards

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In the twenty-first century, parenthood is no longer achieved only through gestation, adoption, or traditional surrogacy, but also via assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), where science and technology play lead roles. Furthermore, in a globalized world economy, where the movement and transfer of people and commodities are increasing to serve the interests of capitalism, gamete donation and surrogate birth can traverse innumerable geographic, socio-economic, racialized, and political borderlands. Thus, reproduction itself can be outsourced.

This edited volume explores one specific aspect of the new assisted reproductive technologies: gestational surrogacy and how its practice is changing the traditional concept of parenthood across the globe. The phenomenon of transnational surrogacy has given rise to a thriving international industry where money is being ‘legally’ exchanged for babies and ‘reproductive labor’ has taken on a lucrative commercial tone. ...

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The Demon Slayers and Other Stories

Among the stories of princes, devata (deities) and bloodthirsty rakshash (demons), stories of women's lives and images emerge. Women and their goddesses bring to vivid life not only the nurturing Bengali motherland itself, but Uma, the daughter and potential wife; Parvati, the young bride and potential mother; Kali, the mother at her most fearsome, who can take life as well as create it; and Durga, the Divine Protectress and slayer of demons.

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HER OWN MEDICINE - A woman's journey from student to doctor

In these pages, DasGupta's trials and tribulations--and those of her patients--are vividly rendered. Whether it is a fourteen-year-old giving birth, a terrified AIDS patient, or elderly lovebirds with a less-than-ordinary sex problem, DasGupta illuminates the miracle of life and the struggle to sustain it. Yet she also shines a penetrating light on today's medical landscape--the militarism of medicine (where the patient is often the enemy), the gender wars, and the increasingly restrictive practice of managed care.

A remarkable account of medicine on the cusp of the twenty-first century, HER OWN MEDICINE is filled with wisdom and written with grace, lucid intellect, and a striking respect for life and the profession that heals it.

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Doctors Can Be Fat Shamers Too March 24, 2014

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- The Bhrahmin Ghost
from "The name of this website is secret'

"There is an old man in the coconut tree
He catches bad children will not let them free
Like long white radishes, two teeth hang
His back’s like a drum that no one dare bang..."

 

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I teach at both the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College and the M.S. program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia. I teach courses in illness narratives, and narrative, health and social justice.

Learn more about these graduate programs at www.narrativemedicine.org/programs/master.html and www.slc.edu/health-advocacy

 

Click to Watch Sayantani's recent TEDxSLC talk: "Narrative Humility: Listening as Social Justice"

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Click to Watch Huffington post live segment "I'm not sorry for my sari: The dilemma of ethnic clothes in the workplace"

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Click to Watch 140 character's conference talk: "From Losing the Weight to Losing the Hate: A Pediatrician's Take on Toxic Body Culture"

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Click to Watch "Stories are Good Medicine" talk from BIF-6

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Click to Watch "Our Bodies, Our Stories" - 2013 Murphy Guest Lecture at Hendrix College

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Click to Watch Sayantani's talk in Endangered Species, New York

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Featured in Oprah Magazine

How Storytelling is Changing The Way Doctors Treat Illness
By Abigail Rasminsky

Sayantani Dasgupta, MD, who teaches narrative medicine at Columbia University, says the key to sharing your health history is thinking of it as a story ...

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Ms. Magazine Cover

Sayantani appeared with her mother on the November/December 1992 cover of Ms.Magazine, for an article"Hottest New Teams: Feminist Mothers and Daughters."

 

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Sayantani, her mother and grandmother were featured in the 1999 book by photographer Carolyn Jones "The
Family of Women"

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3 Sisters Moving Village Tribe Tribute
Read an interview of Sayantani, in which she discusses her sources of creative inspiration.
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Story Water: The Cultural Wellsprings of Storytelling
From Hunger Mountain: The Vermont College of Fine Arts Journal
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Becoming a Doctor
A new anthology from W.W. Norton and Lee Gutkind, the editor of Creative Nonfiction. Read my essay "Intern" or purchase the book here.
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